PALO ALTO, CA (July 14, 2021) Chess.com is the first official broadcast partner of the 2022 Women’s World Chess Championship and Women’s World Chess Championship cycle under historic multi-year agreement with the International Chess Federation (FIDE). FIDE is hosting the first ever Women’s World Cup with the best female players competing for a prize fund of $ 676,250. This agreement underscores Chess.com’s commitment to growing, supporting and strengthening chess talent within the female chess community.
“We are more excited than ever to showcase the talent in top women’s chess,” said chess director Danny Rensch. “The Women’s Speed Chess Championship was awesome and featured the biggest prize ever in a women’s online competition, and we’re excited to partner with FIDE to help shine a light on the biggest milestones in women’s chess. ”
The deal includes broadcast rights to all major FIDE events in which general managers Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and other chess celebrities will compete for jackpots of several million dollars. Confirmed guest commentators on Chess.com broadcasts of these events include five-time GM World Champion Viswanathan Anand, 2018 World Championship Challenger and world number two Caruana, GM Robert Hess and GM Daniel Naroditsky.
The FIDE deal means that in addition to the Women’s World Championship, Chess.com’s broadcast coverage will include live player cameras for the FIDE World Cup, Chess Olympiad, World Championship. 2023 chess, the Quick and Blitz World Championships, and more. Chess.com previously acquired the rights to broadcast the 2022 Candidates Tournament and was the first company to acquire the rights to broadcast the 2021 FIDE World Championship match. These broadcasts will include streams in French, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish and Turkish.
“FIDE is excited about this new agreement,” said FIDE Director General Emil Sutovsky. “Its reach ensures greater visibility for our official events, and in particular we are happy to partner with Chess.com to promote the best female chess players. This is the first time that the rights to the best female competitions have been acquired. , and we are truly proud that the vision championed by FIDE is shared by a great online platform. We spare no effort to constantly improve the coverage of our events, making it accessible to both die-hard chess fans and players who are simply discovering the magic of the game. Our partnership with Chess.com will take this experience to a whole new level, and we are committed to making it especially special, ”said Sutovsky.
Chess.com has become the world’s leading chess broadcaster through its channels on Chess.com/TV, Twitch and YouTube. Earlier this year, Chess.com’s PogChamps influential chess tournament reached 28 million live views among the highly coveted 18-34 advertisers. The peak concurrent audience in the chess category reached 375,000, making chess one of the 10 most popular games on Twitch during that time.
“We have been and continue to be incredibly proud to support women’s chess in every way,” said Austin Gasparini, Director of Business Development for Chess.com. “From increasing this year’s FIDE Chess.com 2021 Women’s Speed Chess Championship Prize Fund to becoming the richest online female chess prize fund in history, to the conclusion of this historic agreement with FIDE to cover all of the most critical women’s professional chess tournaments, Chess.com is dedicated to developing the game for players and fans around the world. We look forward to innovating and investing in our chess coverage to maximize the visibility and participation of women in sport in the years to come.
Chess.com has hired 5x Sports Emmy Award winner Alex Brewer as the Programming Director to support the growing popularity of chess entertainment. Formerly an Associate Manager at ESPN, Brewer’s career spanned content creation and production operations roles working on key business priorities such as ESPN +, College Gameday and SportsCenter. Prior to his departure, he worked in ESPN’s Programming & Acquisitions group, specifically supporting the creation of original content for ESPN + and 30 for 30 brands. At Chess.com, Brewer will oversee the day-to-day operations of chess programming and oversee the production of a wide range of events for a growing fan base around the world.
“My mission now shifts from a career in sports media to the amazing world of chess, where I will strive to support this great community with the best content and the best events possible.”
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The International Chess Federation (FIDE) is the governing body of the sport of chess and regulates all international chess competitions. Established as a non-governmental institution, it was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a world sports organization in 1999.
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